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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Please Sir, I want some more!



Charles Dickens and his family moved a lot depending on their circumstances.  A couple of times he lived in this charming Georgian house in Fitzrovia, just a few yards from the Workhouse.

It is believed that some of the characters in Oliver Twist were based on those from the workhouse. There apparently was even a shopkeeper in the street with the name Bill Sykes!

Those that are asking for more now however are not poor working lads but rather developers who wish to pull down the Georgian buildings and build modern expensive apartments that sell for a couple of million.

Dickens fans, historians, local community groups and lots of other Londoners have been trying to save the historic buildings and character of the area.  What has been achieved is that the workhouse building has managed to get a heritage order placed on it.  Everything around it however will be demolished and a high rise apartment building will go up behind it.  The developers plan to gut the workhouse and create luxury apartments inside the facade.

To view the application and leave comments you still have a couple more days to have your say.
For details and links visit here.

the workhouse

Monday, 20 February 2017

City Fashion


Another response to that question I was asked "what are people wearing in London?"  A mixture of tourists and those heading into the city.  A mixture of casual and formal.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Golden Glow


Sometimes it is a waiting game until the right person walks into the small shaft of light that brightens up the scene.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

After Hours


The market late at night is busy with produce arriving to stock the stalls. These are the guys who enable the market to show produce straight from the farm.  Many of the farms are in Europe.  For those who want us to step back in time I will keep an eye out for the horse and cart from across the river. Problem is that land is all concrete now.  But Brits don't let a few problems get in the way.  They'll sort something out....... won't they?

Monday, 30 January 2017

Very Stylish


"What are people wearing in London?" I was asked last week.  I love a challenge, so camera and I will focus on the fashion on London streets over the coming weeks.  The first of this series is Diane in very very stylish hat and coat.  

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Evening Glow


We've had some very pretty skies recently. It alternates between fog that covers everything all day to clear skies with lovely pinks and purples.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The Warrior


A Roman Warrior, an historic church, and a modern glass tower, only in London would all this sit side by side.  The site occupied by Southwark Cathedral has always been a place of worship, prior to the earliest Christian church in the seventh century, there is evidence to show Roman pagan worship took place here.

Now there is a monument in honour of the religion of money, the towering Shard with its exclusive hotel and expensive viewing platform has taken over from the Bishops who managed the brothels along the waterfront in the middle ages.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Monday, 16 January 2017

More of the same


It's winter, it's grey and wet.  It's a bit more difficult to feel enthusiastic about wandering around the city with my camera.  

Friday, 13 January 2017

Chilly Morning


We've been warned that an artic blast is on its way.  So far just a weeny sleet shower.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Paddington Basin


More buildings have popped up since the last time I wandered through the Paddington Basin with my camera.  At ground level there are cafes and bars that look very inviting.  There are a lot more canal boats than I've seen moored here before, although that may just be  coincidental as they may be en route  to elsewhere.  What really caught my eye however was the large glowing moon, which is still a couple of days away from being a full moon.  

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The Restored Lighthouse


The famous lighthouse on the wedge building at Kings Cross has now been restored and the building that sat disused for many years has been renovated.  Although know one is certain, it is believed that the building housed oyster bars, the fast food of the time.  Maybe it is appropriate that there is now plenty of fast food of our current time in this corner.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Blessing the Thames



A wee moment of anxiety as the clergy from the church of St Magnus the Martyr, which sits on the north side of the river, wait for the clergy from Southwark Cathedral, from the south side of the river, to appear.
The event is the annual blessing of the Thames.  The clergy from each church meet in the middle of the bridge marked by different colour pavers. The bells of each church toll, as a short service takes place blessing everyone who uses the river, for work or recreation.  Those who cross the bridge each day are also blessed, as are those whose lives the Thames has claimed.

A wooden cross is then tossed into the waters, which looked for a moment if it was going to be swallowed up by a passing Thames clipper, but to the delight of the crowd watching, it continued bobbing along the surface of the water heading out to sea.


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Urban Mountaineering


The great white elephant also known as the O2 that was built for the millennium, goodness wasn't that a lifetime ago, is mostly used for large concerts and event.  However there is another activity which is way more fun, and that is mountaineering over the outside roof.  When you get to the top there is an amazing view.  I did it a few years back.  Such a long time ago now,  I must do it again.  Fancy joining me?
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